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In Stevie Johnson's world, ordinary doesn't exist - Sporting News
Take a look at this great profile of Stevie Johnson.

RT Pears Silently Effective For Bills - WGR 550
"He is a stud," exclaimed center Eric Wood. "I mean, if you watch him in the run-game, he is dominating. Pass [protection], he's been close to perfect."

Inside The Bills | WR Jones goes full
"Bills WR Donald Jones was full go at practice Thursday a day after being limited in practice. Head coach Chan Gailey was encouraged by the receiver’s progress."

First place on the line -
Kurt Warner discusses the Bills offense and whether this is a must-win game.

Selfless Bills keep production up -
"In the past month a defensive lineman has moved to outside linebacker, a running back has moved to wide receiver, a defensive end has played nose tackle and a guard has played left tackle. In the game of football where the slightest miscue or false step can keep a player from executing effectively or in concert with his teammates, the willingness to take on a different role can be a lot to take on. To this point however, Buffalo’s multi-taskers have come through for their team filling a void created by injury."

Bills could have two left tackles Sunday -
"I’m going to be ready to go," Levitre insisted. "I’m just trying to keep my shoulder from lighting up during the week. I’m going to save all my pain for Sunday. I’m not going to be in pain all week to not feel great on Sunday. So I’m going to try to feel as good as I can on Sunday so I can go out there and play the way I want to play."

A Harvard man -
A quick, broad-strokes look back at Ryan Fitzpatrick's career from NFL Network.

Bills Focus: Looking for Success on Revis Island -
The Buffalo Bills offense talks about what it's like to face the Jets defense.

Gailey vs. Ryan-contrast in styles |
"They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday in Orchard Park. And when you think about it, Jets Coach Rex Ryan and Bills Coach Chan Gailey are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to coaching styles."

NFL Videos: No Huddle: AFC East battle -
"The Bills can take control of the AFC East with a win over the Jets in Week 9. See what the "No Huddle" crew thinks about Buffalo's chances Sunday."

Bills Face Biggest Test Yet on Sunday -
"I can’t say it’s not different," Stevie Johnson said. "We can’t sit here and downplay what our season is like now, it’s a big game. They came in here and smacked us up last year. We have to come out and show that we’re a new Bills team."

Home Sweet Ralph - The Buffalo News
"We were able to get a win up there, but that doesn't make the Toronto trip any more fun," Wood said. "They've got a heck of a city up there, but until they lower the ticket prices and allow the Bills fans to come in full force, it's not going to be a game we look forward to."

Monday Musings: Redskins have offensive issues -
"---Buffalo's Andy Levitre is one of the best guards in the NFL. He is having a Pro Bowl season. Against the Redskins, he was asked to move from left guard to left tackle because of injuries. And he did a great job in the run game and in pass protection, except for one play where Brian Orakpo beat him around the edge."

All-PFF Team: Week 8 |
"PFF's Khaled Elsayed highlights a full line-up of outstanding individual performers from Week 8." George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, and Marcell Dareus all get some love.

PFF October Awards |
Andy Levitre gets some love for AFC offensive player of the month but that honor goes to Fred Jackson. Marcell Dareus was named the AFC rookie of the month by the guys at PFF.

Inside The Bills | Jets to focus on Fred
"Jets’ defenders were telling ESPN New York that shutting down Fred Jackson will be their focus and they’ll worry about all the other passing game weapons after."

Inside The Bills | Kelsay added to injury report
"Kelsay was limited today," said Gailey after Thursday’s practice. "That calf of his was tweaking on him a little bit so we’re just being conservative with him."

Inside The Bills | Fitz limited
"I screwed that up," said Gailey. "I made that mistake. I assumed he knew and I didn’t tell him that he had not taken all the reps (Wednesday). Fitz was limited again today. We’re just bringing him along slowly."

Fitzpatrick rests up for Sunday - The Buffalo News
Giving you a rundown of the injuries plaguing the Bills.

Bills must avoid getting run over - The Buffalo News
"Watching tape provided confirmation, though a quick glance at the statistics is testimony enough for the Buffalo Bills. During the last four games, the New York Jets have run every conceivable way over the Bills' defense."

Buffalo Bills respect the New York Jets' Revis Island | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sunday afternoon, when the Jets visit Ralph Wilson Stadium to play the Bills in a key AFC East showdown, that player figures to be Stevie Johnson, Buffalo's top wide receiver. How Johnson fares against the man widely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL could go a long way toward determining how much success Buffalo's offense has."

AccuScore picks Bills over Jets - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"After 10,000 computer simulations, the Buffalo Bills came out on top 61 percent of the time against the rival Jets."

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick limited in practice - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick will play Sunday in a huge AFC East matchup against the New York Jets. But his limited participation two days in a row should be a little concerning. It shows Fitzpatrick is not 100-percent recovered from the big blow he received after throwing a screen pass to running back Fred Jackson."

Aaron Maybin 2.0 returns to Buffalo - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But the New York Jets' version of Maybin is a different player this season. He is getting to the quarterback and is tied for the team lead with three sacks. Maybin also leads the Jets with three forced fumbles. He is finally living up to the "Mayhem" nickname he earned at Penn State."

Scouts Inc.: Bills' O vs. Jets' D - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"an Buffalo score 20 points or more for the eighth consecutive game? We check in with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to examine the strengths and weaknesses."

Buffalo Bills would be in prime playoff position with win | Democrat and Chronicle
"Encouraging note for Buffalo Bills fans: A victory Sunday at home over the New York Jets would give the Bills a 6-2 record midway through the 2011 season. Buffalo has started 6-2 or better 10 times since the team began in 1960. All 10 of those teams made the playoffs:"

Quarterback’s Unusual Call - Wearing His Wedding Band -
"I haven’t seen a reason to take it off, I guess," Fitzpatrick said in a telephone interview this week. "It stands for something. It’s not like I’m trying to throw a message in anybody’s face. It’s just a personal thing between me and my wife. It’s important for me not to take it off."

NY Jets believe Buffalo Bills can be exposed on defense in NFL Week 9 - NY Daily News
"They’re playing sound defense, but they’re also taking a lot of risks," tight end Dustin Keller said. "That’s why they’re able to make a lot of these turnovers. If we protect the ball, there’s going to be some opportunities for some big plays."

Bills WR Johnson: Buffalo’s turn to take over division -
"I don’t want to say [the Jets are] too much of a hype, because they’ve gotten it done," Johnson told the Associated Press. "I think it’s our turn now. It’s our turn to show that we’re going to come in and try to take over this division and make this run be for real."

Jets vs. Bills: Buffalo's Fred Jackson will be a challenge to defend |
"It’s a deceiving offense," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "You kind of get lulled into that this is spread, three wides, four wides; that a lot of times, these teams don’t have the ability to run the football. It’s the exact opposite, and that’s our priority coming in. We have to be at our best up front and stop the run, because that sets up everything they do."

LaDainian Tomlinson: No East title without beating Bills - Newsday
"Let's be honest," the veteran running back said. "This next month is going to tell us if we're going to be champs of the AFC East, and that's the way we need to look at it. It starts with this game because we can't be champs if we don't win this game. It's a big challenge. It's one of those situations where you can really say this is a do-or-die game."

Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson calls Bills game 'do or die' |
"We can’t afford to do what we’ve done in the past coming off byes: play sloppy, start slow. Just not have a good performance," Tomlinson said.

Local Notes: Edwards looks forward to a Ryan reunion - Olean Times Herald
"I lOVED HIM, I still have a lot for respect for the guy," the former Oregon State star said. "I definitely want to beat him (but) he was my defensive line coach coming in so I learned a lot from him."